Eurostar Halts Free Travel in Belgium

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The long-standing offer, under which a London-Brussels passenger taking the high-speed train service could continue to any domestic Belgian destination free of charge simply by showing his or her Eurostar ticket, has been replaced by a similar offer but only for travel to the Netherlands.

There have been reports that some passengers, unaware of the recent rule change, have been charged on board Belgian trains and, in one case, fined by SNCB staff. Eurostar has now expanded the warning on the website regarding its new policy.

Passengers wishing to go beyond Brussels must now purchase an additional fare. These are €6 one-way or €12 for a return for holders of Eurostar standard class tickets. Passengers travelling with Eurostar Standard Premium or Business Premium tickets will pay first class add-on rates of €7.50 or €16 respectively.